Secondary School Credentials

Students who are applying during their last year of secondary school should clearly state the name of the certificate they expect to receive and when. They should send an official school transcript with the application and send the original or certified copies of the credentials listed below when available. Admissions may request additional credentials as needed.

Boston University believes that superior results on some leaving examinations demonstrate a level of achievement beyond most standard high school programs, which is factored into the evaluation for admission. The University recognizes that such high-scoring students are well prepared to enter the University’s most competitive programs.

Please see Advanced Credit for more information.

Please note that all of the below credentials must come with your final secondary school transcript and leaving exam scores if applicable. Also, please be sure to submit copies of all qualifying exams taken throughout secondary school (for example: IGCSE final certificates, Class 10 Secondary School Examination Certificates for India, etc.) as these are also necessary to complete your application.

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Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate of Secondary Education (Baccalauréat de l‘Enseignement Secondaire)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Bachiller)

State Credentials Accepted for Admission
Australian Capital Territory ACT Year 12 Certificate
New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC)
Northern Territory Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
Queensland Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
South Australia South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
Tasmania Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
Victoria Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
Western Australia Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Matura (Reifeprüfung)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Higher Secondary Education (Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS)/Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs/Abschluβzeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
High School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Conclusão de Segundo (2º) Grau / Certificado de Ensino Médio)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Diploma of Completed Secondary Education (Diploma za Zavurcheno Sredno Obrazovanie)

Province Credentials Accepted for Admission
British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
Ontario Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Québec Secondary Leaving Certificate and one to two years of CEGEP
Other Provinces High School Diploma

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Diploma of Middle Education (Licencia de Educación Media)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Graduation Certificate (毕业证书 (高中))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Secondary School Diploma (Bachiller)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Apolyterion)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Maturity Certificate (Maturitní vysvědčení)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination (Studentereksamen (STX))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary Education Certificate (Thanawiyya al-A’aamaI)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Upper Secondary School Completion Certificate (Lukion päättötodistus / Avgångsbetyg)
Matriculation Examination Certificate (Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
French Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat général)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Abitur

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Certificate (Apolytirio Lykeiou)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
HKDSE
HK A-Levels
HKCEE and Lower Form VI transcript

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Certificate (Stúdentspróf)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Higher Secondary Certificate/ISC (State board exams may also be considered for admission)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Diploma (Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Leaving (Senior) Certificate (Ardteistiméireacht)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Matriculation Certificate (Te’udat Bagrut (תעודת בגרות))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Diploma of Maturity (Diploma di Maturita)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (高等学校卒業証明書))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary Education Certificate

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii (аттестат о среднем образовании))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Diploma (인 문계 고등학교 졸업장)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Lebanese Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat Libanais)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Malaysian Higher School Certificate (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), formerly known as the Higher School Certificate (HSC))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate Certificate (Certificado de Bachillerato)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Baccalauréat)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
University Preparatory Education Diploma (VWO (Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
National Certification of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate (Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Higher Secondary School Certificate

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Completion of General Secondary Education (Certificado de educación secundaria común completa)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Complete Secondary General Education (Attestat o Srednem Polnom Obshchem Obrazovanii (Аттестат о среднем полном общем образовании))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary Education Certificate (Shahadat Al-Marhalat Al-Thanawiyyat)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
2 years of GCE A-Level Study (Students with 1 year of A-Level study – completion of AS Levels only – may also be considered for admission.)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
National Senior Certificate (NSC)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Título de Bachillerato)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School (Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Matura (Certificat de Maturité/Maturität/Attestato di Maturità)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Diploma (高中文凭)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Certificate of Secondary Education (Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6))

Credentials Accepted for Admission
General Secondary School Diploma (Lise Diploması)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
2 years of GCE A-Level Study (Students with 1 year of A-Level study – completion of AS Levels only – may also be considered for admission.)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Baccalaureate (Título de Bachiller)

Credentials Accepted for Admission
Senior High School Certificate (Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Trung Học Phổ Thông)

Latin American Countries

Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay: The Bachillerato

Caribbean Countries

Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago: Official General Certificate of Education (GCE) and CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate)

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If your country is not listed here and you do not know the proper credentials, please contact us.

Credentials for which possible credit is indicated are evaluated according to both the examination results (grades, marks, notes, and so on) and the syllabus. Courses whose syllabi do not compare closely with the courses offered in the Boston University curriculum cannot serve as the basis for advanced standing.